I have been a little MIA on posting because well mama needed a metal break. This post we will discuss everything placenta. For the common birth setting our society has built the placenta is only used to provide nutrients while the baby is growing. After delivery, it becomes medical waste after but is it really?
Our answer is, no! While the placenta brings many benefits to the baby during pregnancy it also brings just as many benefits after delivery.
Delayed cord clamping
Let me start with the first thing I find important when it comes to the placenta. Just by delaying the cord clamping to the placenta and baby for 5 minutes bring the following benefits:
- Easier transition into the world. This extra blood will help babies avoid anemia. Many studies have shown higher levels of iron and other positive effects among babies whose cords were clamped after several minutes
- Higher scores in social skills and fine motor skills according to researchers who randomly assigned half of 263 healthy Swedish full-term newborns to have their cords clamped more than three minutes after birth.
The list can become endless and still, we have so much research to be done on delayed cord clamping.
Having a lotus birth is still a dream for me. Allowing my body and child to remain attached until they are ready to separate. With the proper care, you won’t have any foul odors but it does cause a little more care.
What is a lotus birth?
A lotus birth is when parents choose not only to do delayed cord clamping but also allow the placenta to remain connected to the child until it falls off.
- Chances of infection are decreased because there’s no wound created at the umbilical site.
- It allows a complete transfer of placental blood to the baby.
- There’s less disruption to your baby’s blood volume.
In another post, we will discuss lotus birth more in detail. Including how to care for your placenta if you choose to have a lotus birth.
I have personally had my placenta encapsulated twice and can’t say how grateful I am for them. When I compare my postpartum experiences I can see the difference. I had fewer issues with milk supply, fewer days of no energy and postpartum blues were nonexistent the times I had pills.
What is encapsulation?
Placenta encapsulation is the practice of ingesting the placenta after it has been steamed, dehydrated, ground, and placed into pills. Traditionally, this is taken by the mother and is believed to have numerous health benefits.
What are the benefits?
- Help to balance your hormones.
- Replenish depleted iron levels.
- Assist the uterus to return to its pre-pregnancy state.
- Reduce post-natal bleeding.
- Increase milk production – this has been proven in a study.
- Make for a happier, more enjoyable post-natal period.
What one group may see as medical waste others of us look and see all these incredible benefits. While our main focus on this blog us free birth and unassisted birth we want all families to be able to compare. Our placenta brings so many benefits and it is up to you to decide how to put yours to work.